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Community living: Is it possible to merge 3 associations, boards?

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Can 3 associations and boards merge?

Q: We are two condominium (FS 718) and one master (FS 720) associations and three boards of directors. Is it possible to merge all three into one association with one governing board? I understand it would be difficult and wonder if it would be practical.

A: Anything is possible if you have the funds. It would require legal guidance to modify the documents and have the members vote for the change.

It is difficult to say whether it would be an advantage or disadvantage to merge the three associations into one. Each of the current associations has certain common areas and the responsibility to maintain these common elements. The new association would have responsibility over all homeowners and maintenance of the common areas. You need to weigh the advantages of merging the three associations over the legal cost. Most documents would not only require a vote of the owners they would also require the approval of mortgage holders.

If you are trying to save money, I do not believe that that is practical. You will still have the same cost for landscaping, insurance, utilities, reserves and most administrative fees. I would suggest that the boards initiate a committee to study the problem. Let them evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the mergers.

Dog's urine causes balcony problem

Q: My wife and I recently moved into our condominium after a nine-month renovation. Shortly after moving in, we noticed a brownish substance dripping from the ceiling of our balcony. After a period of time and several complaints to management, it was discovered that the brownish substance was from a dog's urine two stories above us.

Due to the construction, it was dripping directly on our balcony, skipping the one in between. Management has notified them with several written violations and a scheduled Grievance Committee.

The issue is that this problem continues almost on a daily basis, with no interest from the owner in doing anything about it. Our management company appears incapable of doing anything to stop them. What is the recommended next step to stop this disgusting behavior?

A: You need to send a letter to the Board of Directors concerning this problem. Your notification to the manager is only part of your communication problem. The board is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the building. Management only has duties and can only go so far without board's guidance and directions.

If the board cannot force the owner to stop walking the dog on the balcony, they must take it to the next level, which would require some type of legal action.

You, on the other hand, can report the problem to the health department or some other government agency. Take pictures of the problem and send a certified letter with the photos to the Board of Directors and send a copy to the owner where the dog is causing the problem.

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